Kevin Anderson comes into this match on the back of his stunning performance as he knocked out the defending champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals, while John Isner is still yet to be broken throughout the whole of the tournament. John Isner is enjoying his best run at a grand slam event, with his previous best run here being a few third round appearances, and the big American has significantly improved on his disappointing second round defeat here twelve months ago. Kevin Anderson, meanwhile, reached the fourth round here twelve months ago, which also happened to be his best run at the tournament prior to this year. These two are both going to be extremely solid on serve, but who will do enough to get the crucial service breaks and reach Sunday’s Wimbledon final?
Kevin Anderson produced arguably the performance of his life in the last round, as he came back from two sets to love down to beat Roger Federer and book his place in this semi-final. The South African actually saved a match point in the third set, and after that he didn’t look back as he booked his spot in a first Wimbledon semi-final. That win came after Anderson had beaten Norbert Gombos, Andreas Seppi, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Gael Monfils to reach the quarter-finals, dropping a combined two sets in those four matches. The thirty-two-year-old has been enjoying a good season so far, and as a result he came into the tournament as the 8th seed. The South African won the New York Open earlier in the year, while he also reached the finals at the Mexican and Maharashtra Opens throughout this season. The 8th seed was, however, beaten in the first round at the Australian Open, while he also blew a 2-0 lead over Diego Schwartzman in the French Open fourth round. It’s been a good year for Anderson on the whole, but can he take it to the next level by reaching a first Wimbledon final?
John Isner is into the first grand slam semi-final of his career, at the age of thirty-three, and he’ll fancy his chances of advancing even further this week. The big American has played at a great level throughout the tournament and he’s still yet to have his serve broken in any match he’s played. The American came into Wimbledon after enjoying arguably his best season to date, highlighted by the fact he won his first Masters title in Miami earlier in the season. Isner also reached the fourth round at the French Open for the first time, although he did suffer a disappointing first round defeat at the Australian Open, like Anderson, at the start of the year. The 9th seed has been pushed at points throughout the tournament, but he’s come through all the tests thus far. Isner saw off Yannick Maden in straight-sets in the opening round, before fighting through a five-set battle against Ruben Bemelmans in the second round. Isner then recorded back-to-back straight-sets wins over Radu Albot and Stefanos Tsitsipas, before winning the battle of the big servers in four-sets against 2016 Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic. John Isner is playing the best tennis of his career right now, can he keep it up to reach the first grand slam final of his career?
These two don’t have much experience between them when it comes to grand slam semi-finals, but Anderson has played in one in the past. The South African reached the semi-finals of the US Open last season, and he thrived as he won the match to reach his first grand slam final. John Isner, meanwhile, is into his first grand slam final, and it will be his turn to see how well he adapts to the occasion. The big American won his only other semi-final appearance this year, on his way to winning the Miami Open title. Kevin Anderson, meanwhile, is 3-1 in semi-finals this season, an impressive record that he’ll be looking to further improve on against Isner. Will Anderson reach a second grand slam final in less than a year, or can Isner reach the first of his career?
John Isner has dominated the past meetings between these two, and he’ll be looking to do so again in this one. The American holds an 8-3 record over Anderson, including a run that has seen Isner win their last five matches. Anderson’s last win over Isner came way back at Delray Beach in 2012, and so he’ll be looking to snap that losing streak in this match. Isner also leads their grass court head-to-head record 1-0, while their semi-final record sees them tied at 1-1. They haven’t played since 2015, however, and both are playing at a similar level right now, highlighted by them being the number eight and nine seeds for the tournament. Who will come out on top here and book their place in Sunday’s showpiece final?
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Kevin Anderson looked terrific against Roger Federer, and on that kind of form I have to go with the South African to reach Sunday’s final. Kevin Anderson has been in great form for about a year now, and if he continues to play at that level I think he’ll be too strong for Isner. It won’t be easy for Anderson against a player who hasn’t dropped serve all week, and who he’s historically struggled against in the past, but I think that win over Federer will have given him a psychological boost coming into this one. I also think Isner will be nervous in this match as it’s the biggest match of his career to date, and so I can see him having a few shaky moments throughout the match. I think this will be an extremely close match, but I think Anderson will come out on top in more of the important point in this match. I think Anderson gets the job done in four-sets to reach his first Wimbledon final.
This match will be a slog, and I think it will be full of tie breaks. These two have played thirteen sets of tennis throughout the years that have gone to a tie break, and I think we’ll see a couple more in this match. I do, however, think there will also be a couple of sets where a player goes off the boil and they get broken by the opponent. There will be a lot of games in this match, but I do think the value is with there being under 48.5 games in the match, and I think that will be the outcome as Anderson wins it in four-sets.